At about 9:00 a.m. on the morning of Wednesday, February 9th, 45-year-old Larry Dale Duke lost control of his 1995 Chevrolet pickup truck near Mae Hensley Junior High School and jumped the curb on which five teenage girls were walking, killing 13-year-old Danielle Tarancon-Leon, a student at the school. Another girl was dragged underneath the truck. The group sustained serious to minor injuries. Witnesses reported that Duke ran a stop sign prior to the accident. Authorities are investigating, explains a California injury lawyer.
In 2009, the most recent year for which the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, NHTSA, has released accident statistics, 4,092 pedestrians were killed in traffic accidents. Individuals aged 14 and younger accounted for 244, or 6%, of the fatalities. That year, this age group suffered 1,314, or 4%, of the 33,808 traffic fatalities that occurred in the United States, with pedestrians accounting for one-fifth of the deaths.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Danielle Taracon-Leon, the 13-year-old girl killed in Ceres on Wednesday. We would also like to wish a full recovery to the girls who were injured.
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